Fresh for spring and the upcoming summer months, the dynamic New York alt-R&B/Soul duo LION BABE – comprised of singer-songwriter and performance artist Jillian Hervey and producer/DJ Lucas Goodman – have returned with their brand new art-inspired single ‘Frida Kahlo’.
Melding Funk, Hip-Hop and Electronic sounds, ‘Frida Kahlo’ draws on Jillian’s enduring appreciation for the iconic Mexican artist and touches on tapping into your own creativity and self-expression as a way of finding our own paths. The song is brought to life with a colorful, spellbinding visual which pays homage to Frida and using art as inspiration.
“A song that honors the spirit of Frida Kahlo. Her art and creativity helped to nurture her pain. It is a celebration of her fearless authenticity.”
Hosting a Clubhouse room to discuss Frida’s impact on art, music and culture last night, LION BABE also announced their forthcoming third studio album ‘Rainbow Child’ which they started to create last year ‘in response to the heightened pain and injustice Black lives have been experiencing’. The new project follow’s 2019’s ‘Cosmic Wind’ which spawned stand-out singles such as ‘Western World’ featuring Raekwon and ‘The Wave’ featuring Leikeli47, and a series of stunning visuals.
Last year, LION BABE completed their ‘Around The World, At Home’ virtual global tour, released their funky, House take on Nelly’s hip-hop hit ‘Hot In Herre’ - which was tipped as one of the ‘best R&B songs right now’ by The FADER and shot to the top of Hype Machine’s number one spot – and their interpretation of Mos Def’s classic ‘Umi Says’ which saw proceeds go to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. Kicking off 2021 in style, their reimagining of Odyssey’s ‘Native New Yorker’ was featured as the soundtrack of Michael Kors’ newest fragrance Gorgeous.
Since 2014, the duo have garnered an impressive music catalogue and have collaborated with some music favorites such as rapper/actor Childish Gambino, and house music sibling duo, Disclosure, who featured the New York natives on their smash single ‘Hourglass’ which they performed at huge stages across the world. In 2018, HBO's Original Series ‘Insecure’ recruited LION BABE for their singles ‘Hit The Ceiling’ and ‘Just Me’, which were broadcasted for Seasons 1 and 3. The band have also made appearances at festivals such as Coachella, AFROPUNK, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Smokin' Grooves Fest, Milkshake (Amsterdam) and Australia’s Wildlands, Beyond The Valley, and Original Fields.